Det hviler en egen sorg over Anna Politkovskajas død, og de som samles for å minnes henne. Ensomme, overlatt i det Russland Putin har skapt. Det karakteriserer situasjonen at redaktøren for Novaja Gazeta, Dmitrij Muratov, kan fortelle at både avisen og etterforskerne vet hvem morderen er, men at han er på frifot inntil man vet hvem som ga ordren.
Muratov sier likevel modige ord om hvor ansvaret for hennes død ligger: I det lovløse klimaet Putin har skapt, der makt er rett, og alle metoder er tillatt. Han peker konkret på grunnen til at hun ble drept: hun rørte ved sirklene til folk med økonomiske interesser, og det er farlig i dagens Russland.
Yuri Chaika, Russia’s prosecutor general, said in August that Politkovskaya’s killing had been ordered from abroad with the aim of destabilizing Russia. Muratov said last week that he knew of no evidence of foreign involvement and that he believed that Politkovskaya was killed because she was investigating corruption within Russia.
«According to our opinion, she touched upon the financial interests of people,» he said. «And they decided to make her silent.»
Muratov also distanced himself from Kremlin detractors who say that Putin directly ordered the crime. He offered a more nuanced view, saying that Putin’s rule has allowed a climate in which journalists have been killed with impunity, but that the Russian president did not put out Politkovskaya’s murder for hire.
Instead, he said, the Kremlin has built a regime in which her death is assumed to be allowed, and powerful criminals within the government and law enforcement agencies do as they please
«The power has created a climate in which journalists are enemies, democracy is not an efficient way of management or rule, and the special services are a new ruling class, a ruling elite, to which everything is permitted,» he said. «When there is no parliamentary or public control of the special services, it is this atmosphere of censorship and permissiveness that brought this result.»